It’s official the State of the Nation Address will take place Friday evening.

The Joint Programming Committee of Parliament unanimously agreed Thursday morning.

It has also agreed that the State of the Nation Debate and the reply to SONA will take place next week Monday and Tuesday as was proposed by ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.

The new President who is expected to be elected Thursday afternoon will address the Nation on Friday.

Joint Programme Committee Co-Chairperson Thandi Modise gave the final endorsement.

SONA was initially set for February 8th. The Presiding officers of Parliament postponed it to an undetermined date, citing possible disruption of the event.

About R4.3 million has been budgeted for the event.